Library Week: The Goodreads Hack to Find a Book at Your Library
It's National Library Week, and like all book worms we love to get lost in the stacks and to get the opinions of smart librarians. We also know that being a book lover can mean getting pretty resourceful when it comes to reserving books at the library.
So, yep, we have a hack for that: In addition to providing links to different retailers on a book's page (just below the book details section), there's a THIRD button there as well called called "Libraries." That's where you can add your local library link! Sidenote: If you have your optional Kindle ebooks button here, your Libraries button will be the fourth button you see.
1) Go to your Account Settings.
2) Click on the Book Links tab.
3) Search to see if your library is already in the system by looking at the "Popular Links" list on the right. (Hint: if the list is not showing alphabetically, first select sort by popularity, and then toggle back to sort alphabetically.)
4) If your library is in the system, click the "add" button and you will see it appear at the bottom of the "Customize My Links" list on the left. Use the arrow buttons to move it to the top of the list.
5) On the book page, the Libraries button will now say "Links." Click on that and you'll see your library system in the drop-down menu.
If your library isn't listed, you can add it in yourself. From the Book links tab, click on add a new link. Fill in the fields on the next page, as instructed, and click on 'Create Book Link' at the bottom of the page. Then contact our support team at email@example.com so they can approve it for you.
If you have any problems with this, we have a team who can help you. Simply email Goodreads Support at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the link to the library.
Goodreads is also a great online home for public libraries. Some libraries have set up standard user profiles, where they post reviews and add books to their online shelves. The Los Angeles Public Library Reads, the Aurora, Illinois, Public Library, and the Scottsdale, Arizona, Public Library are just a few examples.
Other libraries create public groups to interact with patrons. Groups make it easy for libraries to share reading recommendations while keeping each participant's individual reviews and ratings. The Manchester, Michigan, District Library Book Club is a good example of how libraries are using public groups.
(Top image: A sectional view of the New York Public Library. Credit: The New York Public Library Digital Collections)
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